Top 25 Restaurant Picks For Valentine’s Day 2016 In Toronto

Valentine's Day

Who said that food is the path to a person’s a heart? Well, whoever they were, they were clearly correct judging by the amount of amazing Toronto restaurants we have to choose from. On Valentine’s Day, eating out (no pun intended) is the perfect evening activity to release your romantic side and let your appetite roam free. Oh, but where to dine…?

Check out our list of our Top 25 Restaurant Picks For Valentine’s Day 2016 in Toronto!

If Spanish tapas is what turns you and your honey on, look no further than this Spanish gem on Queen West. While they are not offering a special Valentine’s Day menu (which is actually quite refreshing), their tapas menu is the perfect blend of spice to entice your date for the evening. A must try? One of our top 10 dishes in Toronto, the fried green tomatoes. You can thank us later.

Chef Danny Hassell is one to be reckoned with. Just opened in November 2015, Parcae has become a dining destination in our bustling city. Previously the chef de cuisine at Bar Buca, for Valentine’s Day Chef Hassell has created a special 8-course tasting menu that is sure to be quite spectacular. At $100 per person, the menu includes one glass of prosecco per person.


Image: Parcae

Colette Grand Cafe
The fancy French bistro in the Thompson Hotel is the epidomy of romance so if your boo likes the Parisian vibe, this should be your Valentine’s Day destination. This year they are offering a prix-fixe menu priced at $85 per person. It may be a splurge but it will be worth every penny.

Newly opened, the buzz around the new Italian pescatarian restaurant Ufficio has got us in a tizzy. Chef Jeff Lapointe and consulting Chef Craig Harding (Campagnolo) have created a $75 per person 5-course set menu for the romantic evening. Including hamachi crudo, mussels and egg yolk raviolo, the menu was clearly designed to entice all the senses so don’t worry about rolling home and not getting lucky. They wouldn’t do that to you…


Ufficio Valentine’s Day Menu

Michael’s on Simcoe
If your love is a steakhouse lover, Michael’s on Simcoe should be your first choice. Not only is the food flawless, the vibe has a very cool Miami style. Deemed an Italian steakhouse, the offerings not only include hand-picked steaks by Michael himself, but also creative lighter dishes that will wow the pickiest of foodies.

This eatery always has something going on and for Valentine’s Day, they’ve decided to make it last all weekend. With set menus ranging from $50 to $70 per person, they’re also celebrating the romantic day with a Brunch fixe menu as well. Add to this food that rarely disappoints, this is a spot sure to be busy this love weekend.

If you haven’t heard about the best new restaurant in Toronto, you must live under a rock. Chef and owner Patrick Kriss has wowed the hardest food critics with his tasting menus so if you’re loved one is a foodie, you will wow her/him with this new restaurant. While the bar menu is small and just as lovely, the dinner menu is an experience that won’t be forgotten.

Estiatorio Volos
This refined and sophisticated Greek restaurant, located on downtown Richmond Street West, is one not to be missed. If you’re in the mood to take your sweetie on a romantic Greek journey, try Volos. Serving a prix-fixe menu on Valentine’s Day, their dedication to good food and happy guests is what makes the experience at Volos so special.

Montecito is not an eatery that goes unnoticed and always has something cool going on. Famed chef Jonathan Waxman opened last year along with partner Ivan Reitman and they’ve managed to create a super cool restaurant. If roasted chicken is your thing, Chef Waxman’s famous poultry is a must try.

Do you and your boo love sushi? Then book a table at Miku for their aphrodisiac-inspired Valentine’s menu – a little sushi leading you straight to the bedroom… nothing wrong with that. Their 5-course set menu includes Kusshi Oysters & Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallops, a Valentine Roll made with pink ume rice and topped with a raspberry. Dessert is the kicker though… the Avalanche Chocolate Chaud is a Japanese-French take on the classic Molten Lava Cake, consisting of a chocolate shell that melts under a topping sauce, revealing the remaining dessert. Did we entice you?

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Avalanche Chocolate Chaud (Image: Miku)

This dreamy and romantic new restaurant is making waves because if its stunning design – one that is perfect to celebrate love. On Valentine’s Day they are offering a special menu priced at $65 per person that includes dishes like their delicious House-Made Ricotta, Cranberry-Marsala Duck Leg and Mushroom Pizza with Truffle.

Taris on the Water
Do you and your bae like to venture out of Toronto? Skip the usual Niagara destinations and stop over in Welland where this waterfront eatery is delivering some fantastic food and wine with a view. On Valentine’s weekend they’re offering an indulgent menu that will include a surf n’ turf and a cornish hen on both February 13 and 14. If you want to wow your bae with and original Valentine’s Day dinner, head over there and indulge in some delicious food and romantic atmosphere.


Image: View from Taris on the Water

Portland Variety
Portland Variety’s tapas menu is both enticing and delicious, offering unique share plates that appeal to many. We swear their octopus might be one of the best in the city, and their cocktail menu goes above and beyond. Service and vibe are on point here, and table side shows are common. So, if you’re looking to impress, call them for a reservation.

The Carbon Bar
If you’re treating him for a V-Day dinner, then Carbon Bar is the way into your boothang’s heart — especially with their special Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu at $69 per person. Including their famous Pit Master Platter, it features a selection of pork ribs, beef brisket, fried chicken, blackened sea bass, and dill pickles. Thank us later, why don’t you!

Gusto 101
Bustling with charisma and charm, King West’s Gusto 101 is the perfect hotspot to visit on February 14. While they aren’t offering a prix-fixe menu, they’re vibe is perfect for a casual and fun Valentine’s dinner. From their regular menu, we recommend… well, pretty much everything — we tend to visit often. Please note that on Valentine’s night they are accepting reservations but have a 2-hour limit on tables.

Mamakas Taverna
This Greek foodie destination on Ossington is a perfect place for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner or a special brunch. Their menu features fantastic Greek delicacies and their brunch is one of the best in the city.  Truly, Mamakas Taverna is an idyllic Valentine’s Weekend destination that will make your tastebuds dance.

Executive chef Stuart Cameron never disappoints, no matter what he does. At Byblos, he combines the flavours from the coasts of the Middle East and Europe to deliver a fantastic “Middleterannean” sharing menu. Their special $75 per person Valentine’s Day menu includes favourites like the organic house labneh, and some new items like the hamachi nayee, voltigeurs farm fried chicken and the crispy duck rice.

Via Mercanti
Known as the best pizza in the city, Via Mercanti is undoubtedly the best choice if you and your special one are pie lovers. With locations in Kensington Market (seen below) and on Elm Street, both places offer romantic settings that take you out of Toronto and into the owner’s hometown of Salerno.

Boralia, another Ossington Street hotspot, is offering a $65 Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu that is both innovative and comforting at the same time. The restaurant finds its inspiration from historic foods of the early settlers and immigrants of the 18th and 19th centuries. Refreshingly unique, Boralia is an experience everyone enjoys. History can be sexy too.

Café Bar Pasta
Per usual, Café Bar Pasta does not disappoint and on Valentine’s Day, it is a perfectly quaint spot where the food is beyond delicious.  Executive Chef Jay Scaife, who delivers unique Japanese-inspired Italian fare, combines ingredients like no other and his creativity is wowing. If you want to enjoy a truly delicious culinary experience, head over to Dundas West to try Chef Scaife’s unbelievable food.

Ki Modern Japanese + Bar
Ki, the modern Japanese restaurant at Bay and Wellington, never does anything halfway. From February 12 to 14 they will be offering six-course tasting menu that includes samples of their innovative sushi, duck breast, and chocolate truffles to take home. Nothing says “I love you” more than sushi and chocolate. For an additional fee you can also enjoy a sake pairing.

Café Boulud
Where better to spend Valentine’s Day than at famed Daniel Boulud’s Toronto restaurant? After re-opening this past September, the new menu and vibe at Café Boulud is bar none and Toronto critics have been muted by their incredibly delicious rebirth. Offering a $125 per person four-course menu that includes foie gras, quenelle and more Cafe favourites, guests can enjoy this lover’s menu both February 13 and 14.

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Momofuku Daisho
The famous David Chang eatery is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend this year. Available on February 13 and 14, you can choose to enjoy either a 3-course fixed menu for $75 per person or splurge on the 4-course menu for $95 per person.

Le Select
Could there be a better pairing for Valentine’s Day than champagne and oysers? As they do every year, Le Select Bistro knows how to celebrate Valentine’s Day. At $59 per person, the menu is filled with innovative French dishes all created with the day of love in mind. Reservations go quickly at this famous Toronto staple so book your table soon!

Parlor Foods & Co.
Parlor Foods & Co, the Canadiana eatery that took over the Paese space on King Street West last year, is offering a fabulous $55 per person prix-fixe menu. Located in the heart of the city, their Valentine’s Day menu is no joke, including fan favourites like confit duck ragout tagliatelle, beef tenderloin, and white chocolate chai-coconut pave. For $55.00, you really can’t go wrong!

Feature Image: Mamakas Taverna

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